Thorne Dreyer’s guest is Victor Pickard, whose new book is "America's Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform," in which Pickard proposes policies for remaking media based on democratic values for the digital age.
On the show we follow the historical trajectory from the New Deal era media reform movement when the FCC was a progressive force, fighting for a socially-responsible media, through the counterattack from broadcasters, the red-baiting of media reformers, and the rise of profit-driven corporate domination; to the death of the traditional advertising-supported journalistic model, including the likely demise of the daily newspaper -- and the looming threat to a free Internet. Pickard discusses his vision of a national multi-media press system that would have public financial support and work in the public interest.
Victor Pickard is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication. Pickard has been a senior research fellow at the media reform organization, Free Press, and at the public policy think tank, the New America Foundation. In 2009, he was the lead author of the first comprehensive report on the American journalism crisis, "Saving the News: Toward a National Journalism Strategy." With Robert McChesney, he co-edited the book, "Will the Last Reporter Please Turn out the Lights." His research has received a number of grants and awards from national and international associations.
Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps says that Pickard's new book "tells a riveting and heretofore largely unknown story of how corporate media had its way with the public interest and trivialized our country's civic dialogue, despite the efforts of reformers and a once-heroic FCC. Bringing the story right up to today's high-stakes battle for an Open Internet, this is 'must-must' reading for anyone interested in putting our democracy back on track."
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